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Lauren Lefevre offers professional styling services and is a well-renowned fashion blogger, having made several trips to New York Fashion Week and being sponsored by Nordstrom.

The Best Plaid Shirts for Fall


Continuing our "Best of Fall" series, today I want to highlight another Fall "Must Have" :: The Plaid Shirt.  {Be sure to check out our recent posts about Best Scarves, Best OTK boots and Best Ankle Booties if you missed them!}

Plaid shirts are not necessarily a trend because they are always a classic Fall/Winter wardrobe essential. This year there is an abundance of gorgeous plaid top available and, quite honestly, I just cannot get enough!

Why is a plaid top so essential?

1. Plaid has enough color and pattern to "carry" an outfit without doing a thing! If you are looking for an easy weekend look, simply throw on a plaid top and jeans. No accessories necessary!

2. Plaid can be dressed up by adding a statement accessory. Take plaid into night by pairing with skinny jeans, flares or leather pants, and a fun accessory like a blingy necklace or earrings.

3. Plaid can be tucked into a pencil skirt or slacks to wear to the office.

4. Plaid is a great layering piece for cold Fall/Winter days. Layer a plaid shirt under a vest, cardigan, jacket or pullover sweater.

5. Plaid is an investment-worthy classic, so when you purchase a plaid shirt{s} this season, you can wear it for years to come! {There are also so many affordable plaid pieces out this season, you don't have to spend much to get a great looking plaid.}

6. Plaid looks holiday-ready, especially plaids with reds and greens. Consider plaid for family Christmas pictures and/or dress up a fun red/tartan plaid for a holiday party.

Here are a few ways I have been wearing my favorite plaid shirts this season ::

I wore this look for a family day on Saturday at Ponce City Market and Skyline Park. This kind of outfit is my go-to "mom style" and an outfit that I find to be a perfect combination of cute and comfortable! I added my favorite leather jacket for evening.

outfit details :: Nordstrom BP plaid top | Blank NYC jacket | Dolce Vita boots | AG jeans, a similar and less expensive version here | c/o Henri Bendel backpack | Karen Walker sunglasses

I love pairing plaid with denim cutoffs and ankle booties on warm Fall jeans. This is also a great way to transition plaid into Spring!

outfit details :: Nordstrom BP plaid shirt | Rag and Bone cutoffs | c/o Sole Society booties | c/o Live Fashionable bag

A black and white plaid shirt is a fun staple to pair with colorful accessories. Don't be afraid to wear brown/taupe shoes with a black top! {See a full post on this outfit here.}

outfit details :: Nordstrom BP plaid top | AG jeans, another similar and less expensive pair here | similar booties | c/o Henri Bendel bag

A plaid shirtdress is another great Fall staple. This affordable one from Nordstrom is longer in the back, and can be worn as a dress or a tunic, layered over leggings. It comes in several colors, too!

outfit details :: Nordstrom dress, also available this color in more sizes | Karen Walker sunglasses | Old Navy denim jacket | c/o Henri Bendel bag | similar booties

Tucking a plaid shirt into a suede or denim skirt is one of my favorite ways to dress up plaid. Tying a little bandana scarf like this one by J.Crew around the neck is a trendy way to accessorize! {See more of this out on this recent Mad for Plaid post.}

outfit details :: similar plaid top | similar suede skirt | Gucci bag | J.Crew bandana | Le Specs sunglasses

In case you haven't noticed, I have a serious crush on this plaid tunic top from Nordstrom BP! It's hands down my favorite plaid shirt of the season, which is why I own it in four colors! You cannot beat the softness/comfort and fit for its $45 price tag! It comes in seven colors, too. {It runs large, so I recommend sizing down. I am wearing an XS for reference.}

Nordstrom BP plaid tunic top, $45, available in 7 colors

Nordstrom BP plaid tunic top, $45, available in 7 colors


Here are more crush-worthy plaids to shop this season ::

Stylishly yours,




The Best Fall Scarves

Accessories, Casual Outfit Inspiration, Fall/Winter StyleLaurenComment

When it comes to Fall accessories, scarves are by far the easiest way to add color, pattern and texture to any outfit. Scarves have the ability to elevate a look instantly, giving the appearance of a pulled together ensemble, without much effort at all!

Plaid scarves and oversized blanket scarves are always classic, and both are making a big fashion statement this season. There are SO many fun, affordable scarves out right now, that you cannot have too many!

I'll be creating and sharing a Scarf Tying video tutorial soon, but in the mean time...

Tips for Scarf Wearing and Tying

1. Purchase scarfs that are more over-sized than you think you need. The bigger the scarf, the easier to wear and tie!

2. To square a "blanket" scarf, simply fold the corners of a square together to make a triangle and then tie the triangle around your neck.

3. If scarf tying makes you nervous, try a circular "infinity" style for the most fool-proof styling!

scarves I have been wearing & absolutely loving

The colors of this Nordstrom BP plaid blanket scarf scream "Fall." This is one of the softest scarves I own, and a must-have for just $29.


Nordstrom BP scarf | Free People thermal top | AG jeans | Sole Society booties | Gigi New York purse

I love the simplicity of this burgundy striped triangle scarf. It's super easy to tie and style, and a great option for those of you unsure about scarf tying!

Also, this Free People thermal tunic top is one of my favorite layering tops of this season. It comes in lots of colors, is super soft and the perfect top to wear under scarves.


Nordstrom Caslon Scarf | Free People Tunic | c/o Henri Bendel bag | c/o Kendra Scott earrings | c/o Kendra Scott ring | Karen Walker sunglasses

This Sole Society plaid infinity scarf is one that you can just throw on and go! I love the fringe detail, too. 

When I posted this photo to Instagram last weekend, I got a lot of questions about my faux-leather jacket. This one is by Blank NYC and is under-$100. It's such a great fitting and quality jacket for the price that I also own it in black!

c/o Sole Society scarf | AG jeans | c/o Sole Society booties | Nordstrom Caslon tee | Blank NYC jacket | Chloe bag

I'm loving neutral tones for scarves this season, too!

The sweater I am wearing here is another amazing layering piece for Fall. It's $39, tunic length, super soft and the kind of sweater you want to live in! I have it in two colors and plan on ordering a few is that good! Note that the sweater is over-sized! I am wearing an XS and it is perfect.

similar scarf | Nordstrom BP sweater | similar boots | c/o Kendra Scott earrings | Karen Walker Sunglasses | NYX lip color in Spicecake | Gigi NewYork bag

Scarves also make great holiday gifts for ladies of any age! Stock up early while there is still inventory available... the cute, affordable ones fly! Scarves make great teacher and babysitter gifts, too.

other fab scarves to shop... most under $40!

Stylishly yours,

The Best Over-the-Knee Boots

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Over-the-knee boots {also known as OTK boots} are another wardrobe "must-have" this season, and something that woman of every age, height and build can pull off!

I find that many of my petite styling clients and blog followers are fearful that they cannot wear over the knee boot styles, but the reality is that these tall boots elongate and flatter every leg and build, including curvy, muscular and thin legs!


There isn't an exact science or rule to where an OTK boot hits your legs, since different heights will determine where the boot hits. Anywhere "above the knee" is perfectly fine!

Wear these boots with jeans, leggings, skirts and dresses...they go with anything a traditional riding boot would pair with, and, in my opinion, elevate every look they are paired with. 

I challenge you to try a pair of over-the-knee boots, regardless of color, and even if you're skeptical about whether you will pull them off. I bet you will be pleasantly surprised how flattering and versatile they are, again, no matter your body type. 

a few of my favorite OTK styles

This cognac-colored pair of Vince Camuto boots were a purchase I made late summer, and are hands-down my favorite shoe purchase of the season! They are comfortable, seem to pair with everything and are super flattering! {These are a small investment but truly worth every penny. They are currently 25% off, so snag them while on sale!}

outfit details :: Vince Camuto boots | blouse and vest c/o Lucca Lane Boutique, save 15% + get free shipping with code "EDITBYLAUREN" | c/o Henri Bendel backpack | Le Specs sunglasses | see the full post on this outfit here

I wore this outfit for an event I hosted at the adorable Kendra Scott airstream yesterday! I cannot tell you how many compliments I received on my boots. {My dress is also pretty fantastic and just $69!} 

outfit details :: Vince Camuto boots | Leith dress | c/o Kendra Scott earrings | c/o Gigi New York bag | Karen Walker sunglasses

Similar Over-The-Knee Boot styles to shop

Black Over-the-Knee Boots

A black OTK boot is a must-have pair for dressing up!

I personally prefer a suede black boot, since they are easier to wear, either day or night, and to pair with different looks and textures.

This Sam Edelman pair has proven to be super comfy, as I have worn them walking around both New York City and Chicago recently! They have a cute tie in the back that also keep them in place.

This is an outfit I wore one evening while in Chicago last weekend. I walked over 2 miles in these boots along the Chicago Riverwalk and my feet didn't hurt! If you're looking for a super comfortable OTK boot you can wear all day, this is definitely the pair for you. 

outfit details :: Sam Edelman bootsTopshop blouse | Blank NYC leather pants | c/o Baublebar necklace | Chloe bag | Celine sunglasses

Similar Black OTK styles to shop

Neutral Color Over-the-Knee Boots

I love the look and versatility of a grayish-taupe boot. The neutral color pairs with anything, literally. 

This was an outfit from last Fall, but these boots are still one of my very favorite pairs. The tie in the back makes them really stand out!

This exact OTK pair is by Free People but I have linked several similar pairs, including this fab pair by Marc Fisher, below. 

outfit details :: similar boots here and here | similar dress

Similar Neutral Color OTK styles to shop

Flat & Low Heel Over-the-Knee Boots

Last but not least, a flat OTK boot is a great substitute for a traditional riding boot.

This Sole Society pair is a favorite of mine. It's comfy and a great "mom shoe" that keeps me looking stylish while on the go. I've linked lots of other great flat & low-heeled options below.

outfit details :: Sole Society boots

Similar Flat & Low Heel OTK styles to shop

Next up on the Edit By Lauren blog, the Best Scarves of the Season for 2016!

Lucca Lane Boutique Event

Also, if you live in or around the Vinings area of Atlanta, I would love to meet you at the cute new Lucca Lane boutique TOMORROW night, Thursday, October 20th.

I will be hosting an in-store event between 6-8.

Check out this recent post about Cozy Fall Layers to see a cute {and very affordable} outfit I recently styled from Lucca Lane.

They also have a great online boutique and you'll save 15% off and receive free shipping with any purchase with code EDITBYLAUREN.

Stylishly yours,

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